Natalie Major is a young songwriter with a knack for whipping up an irresistible blend of pop /rock /soul musical magic. Originally from Chicago, this up-and-coming songstress now spends her time bouncing back and forth between California and NYC, chasing the elusive music biz dream. We’re happy to announce that Natalie is the Grand Prize Winner of October’s “Artist Access” Competition with her track “Heartbreaker”. Suffice to say, she’s well on her to way catching that dream.
October’s “Artist Access” Competition gave rock, pop, country and urban Premium Members an opportunity to go behind the velvet ropes and meet with music industry consultant Bruce Tyler. While Tyler’s resume includes being the former EVP of both Sony Music and Columbia Records, he currently lends his entrepreneurial expertise to some of the most influential companies and artists in music. Whether it’s working alongside major record labels, artist managers, music producers, radio giants, leading music Internet sites, TV and film production companies or some of the biggest artist in music today (John Mayer, John Legend, Aerosmith, Beyoncé and The Fray to name a few), Tyler is widely considered one of the music industry’s best resources.
Check out Natalie Major’s winning song and more in the playlist below.
Sub-question: Is it in fact unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins… is it better to burn out or fade awaaay?”
– Barry, High Fidelity (2000)
I wish they’d actually discussed this in the film, especially the latter bit. For my part, I say great artists have proven that, somewhere inside, they know better, and so should be held accountable for their sins.
Stevie makes this list, but not for “I Just Called To Say I Love You.” Not even for “The Woman In Red…”
10. “Freeway of Love” – Aretha Franklin
The Queen of Soul abdicated her throne when, in 1985, she recorded this mechanized, synth-driven offense.
There are plenty of components that make up an outstanding rock band. From a great guitar sound, to a killer bass line, there is so much rock greatness out there to grab your attention. But what makes a great rock vocalist? What kind of singer can produce a sound that shapes a generation and even other singers to come? And most of all, what does it to take to have a voice that flat-out ROCKS? Well, lets look at a few of the most well-known, respected voices in rock history.
Freddie Mercury, Queen‘s phenomenal frontman, is one of the rock voices that has always impressed me. The texture of his voice, his low growl, and the ease that he would glide from one vocal register to another are all truly remarkable. Unlike many rock singers, Freddie Mercury had an incredibly versatile voice which was raw and ferocious, while still being incredibly melodic and listenable to a wide array of music fans. His voice was huge part of what made Queen such a huge success, as well as the reason why they’ll continue to be an important piece of rock history.
They’ve got the talent, they’ve got the ambition, the only thing left is the connections. Well, we’ve got connections for Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind right here. This September, Xolie Morra and gang brought their classic-tinged indie rock ‘n’ roll to the “Artist Access” Premium Member Competition on OurStage, and frankly, it blew the fans and competition judges away, locking them in as the Grand Prize Winner of a mentoring session with industry veteran Bruce Tyler.
Tyler’s worked with some of the biggest names in the business including John Mayer, John Legend, Aerosmith, Beyoncé, The Fray and more. His resume includes time spent as the EVP of both Sony Music and Columbia Records, and he currently lends his entrepreneurial expertise to some of the most influential companies and artists in music. Whether it’s working alongside major record labels, artist managers, music producers, radio giants, leading music Internet sites, TV and film production companies or some of the biggest artist in music today, Tyler is widely considered one of the music industry’s best resources.
Scroll through the playlist below to sample some of Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind’s musical talents, including “Over My Head”, the track that won them the prize. Stay plugged in to the OurStage blog in the coming weeks to find out all about their experience.
Shining Rae may have thought she was “Dreaming” when she landed a mentoring session with a major industry player, but the experience was all too real. The soul songstress won July’s “Artist Access” Premium Member Competition and recently returned from NYC, where she got the chance to sit down with Bruce Tyler, one of the music industry’s leading resources.
Whether it’s working alongside major record labels (Sony Music & Columbia Records), artist managers, music producers, radio giants, leading music Internet sites, TV and film production companies or some of the biggest artists in music today (John Mayer, John Legend, Aerosmith, Beyoncé, The Fray), Tyler is widely considered one of the music industry’s best resources.
Shining Rae gave it her all in NYC, performing her winning song “Dreaming” for Bruce Tyler and an intimate audience. Check it out in the video below!
The music industry can be a hard place to navigate, but here at OurStage, we want to help you get your foot in the door! We know that a huge part of success in the music industry comes from having great connections, and so once again we are giving our Premium Members the opportunity to connect with industry consultant Bruce Tyler by entering our October “Artist Access” Competition!
Bruce Tyler is the former EVP of both Sony Music and Columbia Records and is widely recognized for his efforts in working alongside artists such as Beyoncé, John Mayer, John Legend, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz and The Fray. In his over twenty-five years of experience, he’s worked with major record labels, artist managers, radio giants, music producers, TV and film production companies, leading music Internet sites and even some of the biggest artists in music today. He is widely regarded as one of the music industry’s best resources.
One winner will be chosen to travel to New York City and meet with Tyler in hopes of building a connection that could further their musical career. Want this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be yours? Sign up for an OurStage Premium Membership here, log on and enter your best pop, rock, urban or country song by October 23rd for your chance to win!